GRAPEVINE, Texas (WWAY) — The Boy Scouts of America National Council voted 61 percent in favor of allowing openly gay young men into the club, on Thursday.
“I don’t have a problem with you being gay, but I don’t want women in the Boy Scouts, I don’t want gays in the Boy Scouts,” Thurman Burgess, a former Wilmington Boy Scout said.
With the lift of the ban, Burgess says the organization should not be called the Boy Scouts of America any longer.
“Just say we have scouts. Let anyone in who wants to be in it, but if its boy scouts, leave it Boy Scouts,” Burgess said.
Burgess goes on to say that he also feels this decision may place Scouts at risk.
“Predators find those opportunities to ease into situations and make gays and lesbians look like they are all predators,” Burgess feels.
There are also concerns that the decision will in turn obligate the Boy Scout leaders to teach sexuality to our youth.
“We will be required to teach homosexuality to young boys, as young as six, and have to explain to them what that is. I think that sexual discussion needs to be at home with the parents,” Brad Kiser, a Cub Scout parent said.
Others support the decision and say a male’s sexuality should not be a factor in joining the 100 year old organization.
“I don’t think it should be a concern of anyone else’s,” Walker Payne, of Wilmington said.
Jennifer Tyrell, a former pack leader believes “it is a small step in the right direction, but huge in other ways.”
The change will be effective at the start of next year.
The decision does not reverse the ban on gay scout leaders.